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A Banquet


Genre: Horror
Year Released: 2021, 2022 (Second Sight Blu-ray)
Runtime: 1h 37m
Director(s): Ruth Paxton
Writer(s): Justin Bull
Cast: Sienna Guillory, Lindsay Duncan, Jessica Alexander, Ruby Stokes
Where To Watch: Region B (Blu-ray) available for preorder (releasing October 31, 2022)

RAVING REVIEW: This will either be for you or not; I don’t see many people falling anywhere in the middle as I did.

When I review a film, I try to overcome personal bias and watch the film with open eyes. I know that’s not something everyone can do, and that’s okay. If I had judged this purely based on my issues with a slow burn that doesn’t have a lot of pop, I would probably have given it a much lower score. However, I know many people enjoy a film focusing more on the experience than a complex story.

As I have mentioned, cinema would be boring if we all enjoyed the same things. While I found this a little tedious to get through, I know others would love it. On the plus side, Jessica Alexander (INTO THE DEEP, THE LITTLE MERMAID) is quickly becoming one of my favorite new actors. The entire cast, while relatively small, gave fantastic performances; the family dynamic was there, and you can see it even though the cast isn’t related.

Director Ruth Paxton’s feature film debut knows what to do to keep you feeling uneasy and does so with intention. I liked how the film covered some of its topics with care, I won’t go into detail, but there are some aspects that could be upsetting if you suffer from certain disorders. If you feel that may be an issue, I suggest diving into a few reviews.

- Deformity of the Flesh: An Interview with Ruth Paxton
- Improvised Exorcism: An Interview with Jessica Alexander
- Produced in a Pandemic: An interview with Leonora Darby
- Dark Edges: An interview with David Liddell
- Glasgow Film Festival Q&A with Ruth Paxton, Jessica Alexander & Sienna Guillory
- Family Disorder: The Making of a Banquet

- Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Jen Davies
- Soft cover book with new essays by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Jennie Kermode, and Anya Stanley
- Six collectors' art cards

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Chris Jones
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Chris Jones is the Mail Entertainment Editor covering Movies and Television topics. He is from Washington, Illinois, and is the owner, writer, and editor of Overly Honest Reviews.